Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Batley Bulldogs’ skipper Keegan Hirst for the 2017 season.
Prop forward Hirst, 28, has signed a one year deal at Trinity with an option of a further year and will link-up with the squad at the start of pre-season.
Hirst said: “I am happy to have signed for Wakefield, it is a club with a lot of history and they have made big strides this season.
“I already have a great relationship with John Kear, so it will be nice that we can continue that and I am looking forward to playing under Chris Chester.
“I’m also looking forward to playing in the Super League, it is something all players aspire to do and it is something that I have wanted to do as a kid. I cannot wait to get into pre-season and start playing for Wakefield next season.”
Trinity head coach Chris Chester said: “This is a great opportunity for Keegan. He is playing exceptionally well in the Championship.
“It will be a big step up but I am confident that he can play a big part in this club going forward.”